Calabar High School staged the 1st The McKenley/Wint Track & Field Classic on Saturday, January 23, 2016 on the school grounds at 61 Red Hills Road. The meet started at 8:30 a.m.
The McKenley/Wint Track & Field Classic is sanctioned by the JAAA and is a qualifying meet for Boys & Girls Athletics Championships. The meet is named after two Calabar Old Boys the Honourable Herbert McKenley and Dr. Arthur Wint who were outstanding athletes for Jamaica in the Olympic Games of 1948 & 1952 when Jamaica entered under its own name.
Mr. Don Phillibert, Dennis Johnson, Michael Clarke and Ray Gouldbourne were honoured for 2016. They are distinguished Calabar old Boys who have contributed significantly to sports development at Calabar.
The Organizing Committee extended an open invitation to athletic teams and individuals from all schools, clubs and institutions from all over Jamaica to participate in this the inaugural staging
Competition was in the following categories:
Boys & Girls - Classes 1, 2 and 3 and Open. Events included 100m, Sprint Hurdles, 400m, 1500m (all classes) and 400m Hurdles Open.
The field events included High Jump, Long Jump, Shotput and Discus for all classes (as competed at Championships).
The Meet also had 7 special events
- 400m and 800m MEN Olympic Development
- 400m and 800m WOMEN Olympic Development
- 100m Under 12 Boys and Girls for specially invited primary and prep schools in the area.
- 100m for Calabar Old Boys
All teams were requested to wear their regular competition colours.
The Events ran as heats and the fastest THREE times / FURTHEST distances were given medals. The overall fastest time in the 400 metres BOYS and GIRLS were given the Arthur Wint Trophies donated by the Wint family
The top performers in the Men and Women Olympic Development Events (400M & 800M) were be awarded cash prizes. The prize money was donated by the McKenley family and the Calabar Old Boys Association New York Chapter.
The Meet was officially launched on Thursday, January 14 at 9:20 AM on the school grounds. There we gave a full overview of the Meet as well as introduce the sponsors: Grace Kennedy, Digicel, Guardian Life, Burger King, Wysinco, C& WJ, and TIP are some of the Sponsors who have contributed generously in the staging of the meet and the honouring of Herbert McKenley and Arthur Wint.